In Newark, New Jersey, a bronze statue of George Floyd has been unveiled, weighing almost 700 pounds.
Officials say it will stay for at least a year in front of Newark’s City Hall, where it was officially unveiled in a ceremony on Wednesday.
Mayor Ras Baraka along with actor and filmmaker Leon Pickney, who commissioned the statue of George Floyd; and artist Stanley Watts unveiled the 700-pound bronze statue that was donated this week to the City of Newark.
Hopefully when people walk by and they see it, and they participate, hopefully it inspires them to become active in the struggles that are happening right here in Newark and right here in New Jersey,” Baraka said.
According to the artist, ‘We produced him larger than life, because after death, George will be remembered’.
The city of Minneapolis also confirmed last year, the street where George Floyd tragically lost his life on May 25 will be named after him. Floyd, 46, died after former Minneapolis cop, Derek Chauvin; was filmed with his knee on his neck for almost nine minutes despite the victim pleading he could not breathe.
Derek Chauvin has now been convicted on all three counts for George Floyd’s murder; he has been found guilty.